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Les garçons sauvages

Bertrand Mandico
The Wild Boys
France 2017 / 110’
Holiday Milla

An immoral story that ends up being a surreal sort of cinematic encounter where Lord of the Flies meets Walerian Borowczyk. The story is set on Réunion, an island at the furthest reaches of colonial France, at the beginning of the 20th century. Five insolent teens from good homes commit a vicious rape. Their punishment is banishment to another island, where they are taken by a stern captain. Under his supervision, the cynical boys have to learn how to behave-they scrub the deck and do military-style drills-while their shoes are washed overboard by a furious storm. The place where their final transformation is to take place is reminiscent of an eroticized Goto, the island of love, and that's the general mood, as the teens are given over to hedonism, sexual fulfillment and general freedom. Bertrand Mandico's intellectually stimulating, artistically exciting and provocatively sensual debut is reminiscent of the style of erotic cinema of the 1970s, which marries feminism and contemporary gender issues concerned with cultural complications of the sexes. The highly original Wild Boys reminds us that there will be all kinds of Polands, even those beyond the oceans, depending on the way we educate youth, and that fantasy is there to help you play all the way!

Małgorzata Sadowska

Bertrand Mandico

Born in 1971, Bertrand Mandico is a director and screenwriter who studied animation at Gobelins l'école de l'image in Paris. A photographer, artist, graphic artist and curator, Mandico co-created an exhibition devoted to Walerian Borowczyk at Warsaw's Center for Contemporary Art in 2008. In the same year, he made the short film Boro in the Box, which also makes reference to Borowczyk. The maker of a number of award-winning and highly regarded short films, such as Prehistoric Cabaret (2014), Salammbô (2014), Our Lady of Hormones (2015), Depressive Cop (2017), and Ultra Pulpe, which was screed at Cannes during the 57th Critics' Week. He continues to work on a project involving the shooting of 21 films with actress Elina Löwensohn over the course of 21 years. WildBoys, his full-length debut, premiered at the most recent festival in Venice.


2018 Ultra Pulpe

2017 Dzicy chłopcy / Les garçons sauvages / Wild Boys

Cast & Crew

director Bertrand Mandico
screenplay Bertrand Mandico
cinematography Pascale Granel
editing Laure Saint-Marc
music Pierre Desprats
cast Pauline Lorillard, Vimala Pons, Diane Rouxel, Anaël Snoek, Mathilde Warnier, Sam Louwyck
producer Emmanuel Chaumet, Mathilde Delaunay
production Ecce Films
sales Ecce Films
language French, English
colouration colour